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Education: A Necessary Investment for the Future of Bosnia-Herzegovina

Erna Susic

It felt great to be back in my hometown of Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina. However, going back to Mostar, even for the summer, was not easy. I left Mostar at the beginning of the war in 1992, to visit my relatives in Croatia only for a short time, just until the "violence" stopped. My ten-day stay as a tourist in Croatia turned out to be a year and a half as a refugee. I was not able to attend classes in Croatia and because of not having this opportunity, I came to realize that importance of completing an education in my life. The realization that without education I would not able to help my relatives, friends, and myself (in ways that many people helped me) brought me to the United States. While in the US, I have never forgotten the images of people in need as seen on TV. In my case, these people were my relatives and friends. Years were passing by, and until 1999, I had no opportunity to visit my hometown.

High Plains Applied Anthropologist No. 1, Vol. 20, Spring, 2000 pp 101 – 102

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